CANNES, France (AP) — Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as turn-of-the-century lighthouse keepers, kicked up a storm Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival with a wave-making, madhouse period tale that seemingly washed ashore from another era. “The Lighthouse,” Eggers’ anticipated follow-up to the 2015 indie horror hit “The Witch,” premiered in the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section. While “The Witch” adopted the psychological folktales and terrors of a 1630s New England family, “The Lighthouse” is about a taciturn and weathered duo of 1890 seamen keeping the light on a remote Maine island. They gradually descend into the kind of isolation-induced maritime madness that Herman Melville would approve of. Eggers shot it in black-and-white, on 35mm, in a nearly square format and through early 20th-century lenses. Filmed on a desolate spit of volcanic rock on the southern edge of Nova Scotia, “The Lighthouse” has already developed the stuff of legend as an audacious and harsh on-location production. Eggers built a 70-foot (20-meter) lighthouse with a working beam that, he proudly said in an interview before the movie’s premiere, could shine for 16 miles (25 kilometers). “I had fun every day,” said Eggers. “But it was extremely miserable…. Read full this story
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